I'm a Youth Services Librarian who, unsurprisingly, has always loved books. Most of what you'll see here will be chapter books and teen novels--though I do storytimes and love picture books, there are just too many for me to rate them all. Every so often I make time for an adult book as well.
I try to read widely so that I can help all kinds of readers, though I do find myself gravitating toward:
- Character-centric books
- First-person narrators
- Darkly atmospheric
- Darker subject matter
- "Literary" books
- Absurd humor
- Meta humor
- "Guy books"
- Graphic novels
Concerning the rating scale below, sometimes I wonder if I'm not guilty of inflated scoring. It may be, but I instead like to think I'm selective about what I choose to read, avoiding the bad ones for the most part, and am generous about finding each book's appeal factors, rating it from the perspective of the target audience. My goal is to find good things to read and help you do the same.
"A lush and atmospheric dark fantasy romance, with princes, queens, demons, witches, and sorcerers. Identities and love that transcend bodies and forms. I especially love the culture around names and naming in it. Of course, identity and love are n..."
"First: Gavriel Savit is such an excellent writer. His prose is rich and gorgeous. His world building deep, original, and evocative. His characters fleshy and affecting. His themes weighty and relatable. And his wit humorous.
Second: the story. Tw..."
"Powerfully relatable. Holmes is able to vividly convey emotions with a soft, subtle touch, those of a lonely nine-year-old boy. I feel the book is most effective when Nathan is interacting with the real world and the story spends too much time in ..."